Watch a Replay of the WDI Panel ‘From R&D to the Patient’

Thursday, March 3, 2022

The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI) hosted the virtual panel “From R&D to the Patient: Changing the Role of Business in Global Health” on Feb. 25. Moderated by WDI Vice President, Healthcare Pascale Leroueil, the discussion was recorded and can be watched in full below.


Moving health products from the research and development stage to the clinic is a long and costly process that involves many actors, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In these markets, global organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and Gavi play a significant role in moving health products through the process. These organizations influence market behavior at the R&D , manufacturing, procurement and delivery stages with the hopes of increasing access to life saving health products to patients in LMICs. Their efforts have been effective. For example, over the last 20 years the number of deaths caused by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria has been reduced by 46% in countries where Global Fund works. Gavi has helped immunize 760 million children in the last 21 years, preventing over 13 million deaths worldwide. These are significant achievements, but are there opportunities to better engage some of the other actors in this space, particularly those from the private sector?

The discussion explored these ideas and more with the following distinguished panelists:

  • Subhash Kapre CEO of Inventprise, former CEO of Serum Institute of India
  • Vivian Hsu (Strategy & Operations Lead for Vaccine Development, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
  • Greg Vistnes Senior Fellow, the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, and Economist at CRA, Inc.
  • Michael Borowitz, Advisor, Strategic Partnerships, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria


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